Bilshot is a 23 year old rapper from Blackpool, UK, who won June 2012's Artist of the Month. I caught up and interviewed him... check it out below!
Thanks for taking the time to do this interview Bilshot. Tell us a bit about yourself, your name, age, where you’re from and an interesting fact if you like.
My name's Bill and I'm 23. I was born in Blackpool, England, UK.
Is there a story behind your name Bilshot?
Not really a story, more of a situation, haha
How long have you been rapping?
A long time now... I used to mess about with friends on the microphone when I was 13, using the lyrics of well-known rappers, but I actually really started getting into hip-hop at the age of 14, practicing flows and rhythms on the mic to drum & bass and old-school hip-hop. I started writing my own material and recorded my first mix tape at 16. So I've been rapping about 8 years now.
What first got you interested in becoming a rapper?
Most definitely listening to 2pac... I mean his music completely changed the way I perceived life.
What/who inspires your music? (If different from above)
Do you see being a rapper as a career, or as a hobby?
I would love for it to be my career as I feel so passionate about it, but I do it as a hobby, wherever and whenever I can.
What are you trying to do with your music? Do you want to help your community? Are you trying to get rich? What is your goal for your music?
I never really set out to try and do anything really, I mean, I'm not trying to get rich, that's for sure. But I suppose when I'm making music, I hope it might help others overcome obstacles in their life, the same way as making music does for me.
Have you ever performed live? How did it feel?
Yeah, many times. I mean, I started emceeing to drum & bass at illegal raves and parties back in the day, but I've only really had a few live sets where I've performed whole songs and it can be intense or nerve-racking at first, but nowadays, I love it, it's just a rush for me.
Do you have any kind of management, publishing or distribution team behind you? If so what are their responsibilities?
I did have a producer and manager, when I was a member of a group called Synergy 6. We got radio 1 play numerous times for one of our tracks and we performed live at many gigs and sets. But before it all got too serious we disbanded and went solo.
What are some accomplishments that you have achieved, and are most proud of?
Being played on Radio 1 numerous times by Jen Long. Performing at gigs and sets around mid-wales. Creating my first solo-produced/written album 'Hip-Hop Genesis,' which you can find here:
It is probably the darkest collection of music I have made to date, and contains some of my deepest lines of poetry.
Have you ever made any contact with major artists or other high positioned people in the music industry and do you keep in contact with them?
Nope. Don't know anyone like that. Would love to have major industry contacts though.
What one tip would you give to other aspiring rappers?
Keep it real, stay true to what you do and yourself.
What do you see is in the future for the music industry? How do you think it will evolve/change?
I'm not sure exactly how it will evolve, I know electronically and through the use of software crazier sounds will be created. There's some good music out there but there is also so much commercial crap out there. All I know is I hear a lot of talent less idiots making music and getting famous for it, which frankly does my head in, cuz I know that when it comes to the music I love, I pour my heart out and express with substance in my tracks and deep meaning behind my rhymes, whilst them fakes out there continue to water-down the music I love and I hate them for that. I believe that since the 90s' there has been a loss of direction with hip-hop...
CRAZYPELLAS / INTERNET
Can you remember how you found CrazyPellas.net?
To be honest I can't actually remember...
How has Crazy Pellas helped you with your music career?
Well CP has helped me expose my tracks to others around the globe, and for that, I'm very grateful.
Do you feel like the internet is helping you as an underground artist?
I think so, yes, I just need lots MORE exposure haha, can never get too much of that!
How do you think social networks such as Facebook and Twitter have affected the music industry?
Not sure, really, never thought about it.
Where can we hear your music online?
On my Youtube or my Soundcloud
What projects are you working on at the moment?
A new collaboration mix tape - Produced by various individuals, but written & performed by myself.
Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years time?
Hopefully, somewhere in the industry, either producing or rapping.
Do you have any shoutouts you want to give?
Yeah, why not.. I just wanna shout out to the whole of CP fam! Keep doing ya thing peeps, 1 LOVE = HIP-HOP!
Thanks again Bilshot for doing this interview.
Don't forget to check out Bilshot's music in the Audio forum too!